JOURNAL/ March/2015


Winner - WAN Commercial Award
180 Thomas Street wins hard fought international competition

 “A worthy addition to Sydney's fast-emerging architectural precinct of Haymarket”

Commercial Award Jury

WAN Awards

180 Thomas Street, Sydney has won the WAN Commercial Award in a hard-fought competition. The WAN Awards are the world's largest architectural awards program attracting entries from around the world.

The WAN Commercial Award saw a huge range of fantastic projects, this category celebrates and promotes the best in international architecture for commercial use with entries from offices, retail, hotels and tourism resorts.

The jury found the project to be a clever response to its urban context "an urban repair which is a challenge in itself and very well executed indeed."

A jury of three international architects judged the best commercial completed projects in the UK: Earle Arney, Chief Executive of FKA Architecture + Interiors, Jacqueline Beckingham, Director and Design Leader at Benoy and Stephen Pey, Associate Director of EPR Architects.

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Mayfair Hotel Opens in Adelaide
The golden age of travel returns

 “We worked extensively with local materials, artists and craftsman to recapture the glamour of travel”

Kendra Pinkus

Associate Director, Bates Smart

Bates Smart’s design for the Mayfair Hotel in Adelaide brings the glamour of travel to a grand historic building. Housed within the 1930s Colonial Mutual Life building, the interior design response infuses 1930s charm and architectural order into the now contemporary 170 room hotel.

The building’s heritage is subtly acknowledged, with chevron patterning from the external facade referenced in the interior joinery detailing, and the metalwork patterning of the original windows reflected in the steel balustrades and glazed partitions to the atrium. The new triple-height glazed atrium and its handsome black steel ribbon stair creates drama in the hotel lobby.

A luxurious executive lounge with the ambience of an exclusive club has been created within the top-floor's exposed timber roof structure. Rich golden tones are layered throughout and contrast with the cool shades of handmade glazed and cement patterned tiles and the white marble of the central bar.

The adjacent roof terrace provides the perfect setting for early-evening cocktails whilst watching the sunset over Adelaide.

Quirky light fittings and details provide an element of surprise, humour and personality. Bespoke solid brass door pulls and mirror-hooks in the forms of animals and birds, hand-crafted by artist Susie Stanford, add to this sense of playfulness.

One of the significant challenges for the team was to produce a series of stand-alone furnishing components that could be arranged within the many room types that are a product of this renovation whilst achieving the appearance of a bespoke design.

Bates Smart Interior Design with JPE Design Studio as Architects. This project will set a new benchmark for boutique accommodation in the City of Churches.

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Defence Housing Australia (DHA) awarded top EnviroDevelopment rating
Lessons from the landscape

 “This project has a unique relationship to the bushland context and minimal impact on the landscape”

Guy Lake

Director, Bates Smart

A range of natural and off form materials including timber, concrete and face brick allow two new housing precincts to quietly integrate within the Sulman Award-winning UTS campus in Lindfield.

Designed by Bates Smart for DHA, Tubbs View and Hamilton Corner include 93 apartments with a range of typologies including terraces with raking plywood soffits, ‘treehouse’ apartments suspended over sandstone walls and cuttings and dual aspect single level apartments ‘floating’ within the trees capitalising on views of the valley below.

Bates Smart Director Guy Lake comments: “The bushland context was a key inspiration for the design and we retained a significant amount of vegetation around the development with over 90% indigenous species being used in the new landscape.

“A series of interconnected external spaces were created, linked by pathways along cuttings and elevated walkways, creating communal landscapes for residents to inhabit.”

The buildings have been carefully located to minimise the impact on the surrounding bushland and are stepped in sympathy with the existing topography to allow a unique relationship with the land. Key features of the design include large sandstone walls reconstructed from material found on site and the use of natural ‘off form’ materials, which give the buildings a unique connection to its bushland context.

The development has excellent environmental credentials and is one of the first residential developments in NSW to undertake formal EnviroDevelopment accreditation, achieving the highest 6 leaves rating.

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School of Business, Charles Darwin University
A watershed tertiary building in more ways than one

 “Seamless technology supports online teaching enabling off-site students to have a virtual presence in the classroom”

Kellie Payne

Associate Director, Bates Smart

Locating the Charles Darwin University (CDU) School of Business campus in Darwin’s Waterfront near the business district was seen as a key strategic move by the university to strengthen connections with both public and private stakeholders.

Designed by Bates Smart, the new campus pivots around a ‘learning commons’ - a series of individual social and learning spaces connected continuously throughout the building.

Bates Smart Workplace Strategist Kellie Payne explains how the teaching spaces were developed:

“We worked closely with the leading edge CDU Office of Learning and Teaching to introduce differing levels of privacy, social interaction and technology to encourage students to both work and socialise on campus and thereby extend their learning experience.

“Students need to connect with the world and communities beyond the classroom to bring relevant resources for use as part of their learning experience.”

The collaborative and interactive room layouts allow complete flexibility. Technology in these rooms is consistent and seamless, with multiple interactive screens, lecture recording and distant streaming on a consistent and easy to use platform. In addition social spaces have been carefully planned around the notion of ‘food is glue’, the centrally located cafe at the campus entrance and the generous shared kitchen on the upper floor are considered key social spaces linked on either end by the interconnecting stair.

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Maddocks, Melbourne
Premium legal firm is moving house

Winning Wintergarden

Maddocks have chosen Tower D at Walker Group’s and Collins Square for their new workplace in Melbourne. The tower is under construction and Maddocks’ three floors will be ready for occupancy in late 2016.

The new workplace designed by Bates Smart will offer a more open work environment, designed to nurture the collaborative and focus workstyles of their legal staff. There will be a greater diversity of work settings to suit varied workstyles, with increased mobility supported by an advanced technology infrastructure. Staff will be better connected in the new workplace, working on floorplates double the size of their current floors at 140 William Street and connected by a dramatic spiral stair and generous atrium across the 3 levels.

Clients and staff will enjoy excellent amenity, including a client working lounge and a signature double-height wintergarden.

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Display Suites
The quintessential sales environment

Suite Art

Bates Smart offers a complete service to residential clients which often involves detailed collaboration in the production of a range of marketing information. Key to the successful launch of any residential development in today’s market is the sales and marketing suite.

Bespoke spaces are designed to combine the multifunction of reception and display with the technical and functional aspects of sales. In the past few years we have completed display suites for 35 Spring Street, The Capitol and Convesso Concavo in Melbourne as well as Sydney projects including: HarbourFront, Balmain, Leichhardt Green, Ryde Garden and Monarch Mosman with several more under development.

Associate Director David Tordoff was closely involved in the development of the display suites for Country Garden and their highly successful Ryde Garden development.

“These complex spaces are critical in communicating a strong branded message to potential purchasers of the quality of the development. They typically contain one or two mock-up apartments plus other marketing information such as apartment finishes, options and marketing plans.

Our designs for these spaces have consistently facilitated high volume, high return sales early in the marketing campaign.”

The Country Garden development was successfully launched to market with 296 apartments being sold in the first 6 hours of selling (90% of the first release).

View the gallery images to see recently completed display suites across Sydney and Melbourne.

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Property Council of Australia Awards
Innovation + Excellence Awards Shortlistings

Two of the best

Both Melbourne and Sydney studios are celebrating inclusion in the Property Council’s Innovation + Excellence Awards for 2015.

171 Collins Street, Melbourne has been shortlisted for two awards and the Gantry, Sydney has also been nominated.

The award nominations are as follows:

  • 171 Collins Street, Sydney
    Best Office Development
    Best Sustainable Development – New Buildings
  • Gantry, Camperdown
    Best Heritage development.

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner in May.

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Bates Smart People
Architecture Graduate Chris Yandle

Introducing Bates Smart award winner Chris Yandle. Formerly a landscape architect and urban designer Chris graduated with honours from the University of Sydney Master of Architecture degree in 2014 and was awarded the Bates Smart Award for Design Excellence amongst many other accolades. 

For his graduation studio and thesis, Chris investigated the role of the building within the city. He focused on the role of the car park as a piece of transformative architecture and its ability to both influence the broader city, inspired by the Japanese metabolists of the 1960s.

Chris is now working in our Sydney studio on design competitions and a range of mixed use and residential projects. View Chris’s outstanding work in the gallery.

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World Architecture News (WAN) Awards
TransGrid Headquarters in final six

Bates Smart’s TransGrid Headquarters project has been very well received by the 2015 WAN Awards commercial jury and selected for the final short-list of six.

“This winning competition design has responded to challenging site restrictions and a rapidly evolving urban context to deliver a worthy addition to Sydney’s fast-emerging architectural precinct of Haymarket.

“This project was considered ‘pretty amazing’ by the jury panel and great comments were made by all including Earle Arney who said ‘That’s a yes from me, what a great project’, Stephen Pey added to this commenting ‘Really well presented work too.’”

Winners will be announced on March 24. View the shortlist here

Visit Bates Smart to learn more about TransGrid Headquarters.


Capitol Grand
Launching Capitol

360 degree views

Capitol Grand, designed by Bates Smart, was officially launched last weekend at the Rolex Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.

Bates Smart is responsible for both the architecture and interior design of this landmark project.

As Melbourne's first six-star residential destination, Capitol Grand comprises two towers, on Toorak Road and Chapel Street respectively, with select apartments offering 360° views of the city.

LK Property Group, developers of Capitol Grand South Yarra, announced Charlize Theron as the brand ambassador of Capitol Grand. Theron features in an impressive multimedia campaign which includes a short film by Oscar-winning Australian cinematographer Dion Beebe.

Entered through a new paved garden square, the sheltered porte cochere leads from the hotel-like ground floor to residences and penthouses of exceptional quality, generous in scale and proportion, and crafted from beautiful materials with meticulous care. This is an environment which is truly metropolitan, yet provides a place of sanctuary.

Capitol Grand Club gives residents access to a pool, gymnasium, club lounge and gardens, which offer a calm contrast to the energetic neighbourhood below. The pool pavilion extends into the garden with perimeter skylights which capture and soften the water experience, contributing to an atmosphere of calm contemplation.

Initial works on the project will begin late this year. Construction is anticipated to be completed by end of 2017.

The development is designed to exploit South Yarra’s vibrant mix of culture, dining and shopping.

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Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Melbourne Chapter


In March, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), Melbourne Chapter hosted their first lecture of 2015 in the newly completed University of Melbourne, Melbourne School of Design building. The lecture titled ‘Superslim: Collins House and the Phoenix’ attracted a full house, over 120 industry supporters including architects, engineers, builders, developers and academics.

Following a short intro from Marc Colella, AECOM and Melbourne CTBUH City Representative, Kristen Whittle, Director of Bates Smart talked through the architectural challenges of designing a Superslim tower - Collins House.

This unique project required careful resolution of apartment planning through the vertical beam concrete structure; heritage building interface and the 15-story car stacker toward the rear of the site.

Rob DiBlasi of 4D Workshop talked through the principle structural issues of designing Collins House and Steve Richardson of Richstone Group discussed the onsite challenges of building super slim towers through sequencing, access management, risk management and the use of innovative systems as seen on the recent Phoenix Tower construction also in Melbourne.

Bates Smart Director, Kristen Whittle

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Bates Smart Architecture in the Media Award
Submissions due by April 1 2015

No April Fools here

It’s time to celebrate the talents of Australia’s best provocateurs, documenters and theorists alike with the opening of the AIA Bates Smart Award for Architecture in the Media.

Bates Smart is proud to sponsor this award, Australia’s most prestigious media accolade for journalists, editors, producers and others reporting on architecture and design.

The award has become an integral part of the Australian Institute of Architects, Victorian Chapter annual awards program. Entries close on 1 April 2015. 

Entry details here.

Pictured: Still from The Architecture of Edmond And Corrigan film by Toby Reed, 2014 Local Award Winner. 

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Design is Research Lecture
Juhani Pallasmaa

Design is Research

Finnish architect Juhanni Pallasmaa is visiting Australia in April to lecture at Bond University as part of the Design is Research lecture series. He has published over forty books and numerous essays on the philosophies of architecture and art in over thirty languages. 

Juhanni  is respected as an expert in healthy buildings and environmental psychology.

Bates Smart Director Kristen Whittle will introduce Juhani.  

Juhani retains strong links with the school and acts as external examiner for the masters course in architecture.

Learn more here.

Korundi Concert Hall, Rovaniemi, Finland by Juhani Pallasmaa

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